RECENT AND UPCOMING MEETUP TOPICS

August 2022 Meetup: Roe, Dobbs, Wade, and Jackson

For the August discussion meetup, we’ll be cautiously, tentatively, and with assumptions of good faith all around (!) prodding at the culture war by discussing the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court. This decision overturns Roe v Wade. We have many directions we can go in including the

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July 2022 Meetup: Aliens and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

For this meetup, we’ll be discussing Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (AKA UFOs) such as those observed by the US military. There’s a range of topics we can touch on, including conspiracy theories, Bayesian priors for aliens, and the non-alien, non-conspiracy explanations for UAP/UFOs. We have a few different resources related to

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June 2022 Meetup: America’s Internal Instability

For this meetup, we’ll be discussing America’s internal instability. Issues include the factors contributing to the instability, the degree to which this is new, and how the instability might evolve in the future. Suggested (and optional!) reading or listening (Thanks for these, Le!): “We Are Living in the Age of

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May 2022 Meetup: Scientific Progress

Note: This meetup is one of the Astral Codex Ten Schelling Point meetups for Spring 2022.   For our May meetup, we will be discussing the seeming slowdown of progress and lack of “genius” in many fields — despite the vastly larger and better resourced population working on, well, just about everything.

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March 2022 Meetup: When to Believe Smart Outsiders

For our next meetup, we will be discussing when we should believe smart outsiders who make claims that go against expert consensus in a different field. Recent global events have provided lots of examples of people making claims that contradict “the experts.” In some salient cases, these claims have turned

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February 2022 Meetup: Theories of the Rise of Obesity

For this meetup, we’ll be discussing theories explaining the rise in obesity. One such theory is the contamination theory, which proposes that the large increase in obesity seen in the industrialized world since 1950 is largely caused by contaminants in our food and water. There has been a very dramatic increase

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